Field Experiments (RCTs)
Building Socio-emotional Skills
I initiated this large-scale project in 2012 with the aim of implementing and evaluating two unique educational programs in Istanbul, Turkey. The main objective of these programs is to improve key socio-emotional skills in elementary school children in the classroom environment, thereby offer cost effective policy actions to mitigate the gender and socio-economic achievement gaps observed in many countries. The first program targeted patience and self-control in children; see the evaluation results in “Fostering Patience in the Classroom: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention"
The second program targeted grit and perseverance in children; see the evaluation results in “Ever Failed, Try Again, Succeed Better: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention on Grit”
Mitigating the Social Exclusion of Refugee Children: An Intervention on Perspective Taking
Since the beginning of the Syrian War in 2011, Turkey has received over 3.5 million Syrian refugees, including nearly 1 million children. Syrian refugee children face social exclusion and in-school violence. Socially excluded individuals are less likely to exhibit prosocial attributes. These outcomes may justify even further social exclusion and intergroup violence. This study evaluates a unique educational intervention that aims to facilitate integration. Evaluation results are coming soon. AEA RCT Registry: AEARCTR-0003974.
Stimulating Curiosity to Enhance Learning
We have implemented a large-scale randomized educational intervention that aims to cultivate and stimulate curiosity in the classroom environment. Evaluation results are coming soon. AEA RCT Registry: AEARCTR-0003957.